What’s in Your Basket?

| January 22, 2007 | 0 Comments

When Rachel from Food Maven (and Coconut & Lime) shot me an email about her one time event, What’s in Your Basket?, I was thrilled to join in. After all, it’s so much fun checking out what other people purchase.

Okay, okay, so that probably makes me a shopping cart voyeur, or something of the like. But that’s okay with me. I’ve discovered some interesting and exciting products through my snooping, so I would say that it isn’t only okay, but it’s worthwhile.

So, here it goes. Will and I hit Stew Leonard’s, a local chain of farm-market-y stores. This particular location in Danbury, CT used to be a tiny outdoor farm market and dairy. I remember stopping there with my grandmother (back when Reed’s Department Store was down the street). There were rows and rows of fresh apples, pears and other produce. Then Stew’s expanded, making the farm market more indoors. Today, it’s bigger than ever and encompasses a fishmonger, butcher and considerable prepared foods section.

January 226

Here’s the haul:

  • fresh herbs (rosemary, sage, thyme) – $2.49/each
  • 3 greenhouse tomatoes (1.41 lbs @ $1.99/lb) – $2.81
  • 2 bulbs of garlic (0.37 lb @ $3.29/lb) – $1.29
  • 1 small head of endive (0.33 lb @ $3.99/lb) – $1.32
  • 1/2 gallon of freshly squeezed orange juice – $2.69
  • 1/2 gallon of skim milk – $1.49
  • Fage Greek Yogurt (fat free) – $3.99
  • Dutch Gouda cheese wedge – $3.71
  • brie with chives – $3.15
  • roast beef cold cut ends – $1.61
  • 1/2 pint chocolate milk – $0.49
  • sliced baby bellas – $1.99
  • bananas (1.41 lbs @ 0.59/lb) – $0.83

Grand Total: $32.84

A few notes:

The herbs come in larger and fresher bunches at Stew’s then the ones you find in tubs at Trader Joe’s and the like, so I am willing to pay the premium if I know I will be definitely using them. The endive was kept in the herb area and just looked so good that I needed to pick up just a little.

The roast beef ends are for my husband to snack on (hey, it’s better than chips or cookies).

The cheeses are all me. I am a cheese nut.

And this is my first time trying Fage yogurt . . . I will be using it in smoothies for breakfast.

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Sarah Walker Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

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